Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel Gaisford & Wives

Samuel Gaisford, brother of my second Great Grandfather Charles Gaisford, died December 3, 1921.  He was 64 years old and was laid to rest in the Prairie Home Cemetery north of Diller, Nebraska.  Born January 21, 1857 in Pascoag, Rhode Island, Samuel was a son of James and Anna (Rich) Gaisford.  The Gaisford family moved from Rhode Island to Minonk, Illinois when Sam was 12.  In 1870, at age 14, he was a farm hand for his brother-in-law, George Pickard in Woodford County. 

Ellen S. Wife of S. Gaisford, died Sept. 2, 1887, Aged 28 Years, Rest in peace

Samuel's first wife was Ellen S. Pickard.  They were married February 5, 1880 in Minonk, Illinois then moved to Nebraska in 1881 where he was a blacksmith.  From Sam's obituary in the Diller Record, December 9, 1921:  "On September 2nd, 1887, he was bereaft of his wife.  After her death he returned to Minonk, Illinois, and engaged in the barber business for a number of years.".  

Back in Gage County, Nebraska on October 5, 1885, Sam married Emma Emmerman (or Ammerman).  They had 3 children, Mabel, Lyle and Charley.  In 1900, Sam, Emma and son Lyle were living in Benton County, Arkansas.   

By 1910 Lyle was deceased, Sam is living back in Nebraska with his sister Hannah and his son Charley Gaisford, 2 years old, is then living with Emma Thompson who was a daughter of Sam's brother Charles.  Emma Gaisford.  I found Emma Gaisford in Little Rock, Arkansas in the State Hospital for Nervous Disorders.

Sam's second wife Emma died in 1916 at age 46, her son Charley was 9 years old.  She is also buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery.  In 1920, Charley was living with his mother's relatives.  Mabel is mentioned in her father's obituary, but is not listed on any census record.  I would guess that Mabel and Lyle are buried somewhere in Arkansas.

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